What is Lucent 7 Cabling?
Lucent 7 cabling *probably* refers to level 7 Lucent cable. It's old!! There are two issues in the question of, "What is Lucent 7 cable?" Here's the history: Lucent was a division spun off by AT&T back in the mid 1990's. Then Lucent actually spun off Avaya and sent their structured cabling business with it (they had named the cabling brand "Systimax" by that time. CommScope bought Avaya back in 2004, so Lucent's Systimax brand of cabling is 2 generations out dated. It's still probably okay, but not worth today's money for new Systimax products made by CommScope.
Now for the 7 issue: there was no talk of category 7 (cat 7) back when Lucent was making cable, but Anixter, a data cable distributor, rates cabling with their own proprietary system called "Levels". Therefore, Level 7 cabling is an Anixter measure and many people have bought from Anixter long enough that they ask for level 7 [brand whatever] cable.
Use it if it's low cost. Otherwise, don't let someone sell Lucent branded-cable as the same as today's cable. There were version upgrades since then. The print on the cable jacket will say 1071C or 2071C or something like that. Today, they are on version E, not C.
Hope it's kind of clear. My guess is the cable is about 10 years old, although some data folks are stuck in their ways and still refer to today's Systimax cable as Lucent cable.
on Jun 01, 2009